Is the title race over? Matchday 12 in the Premier League saw Liverpool beat Man City 3-1, albeit there was controversy, to move eight points clear at the top. The Citizens, meanwhile, dropped to third and now trail the Reds by a whopping nine points.
Guardiola’s men weren’t the only top-six side to suffer disappointment, as Arsenal and Tottenham came away from the weekend fixtures with undesired results. The Gunners suffered a 2-0 loss at Leicester, who now sit in second, while Spurs drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield and were lucky not to have suffered a defeat.
Chelsea and Man United won their respective games, with the Blues beating Crystal Palace 2-0 and the Red Devils triumphing 3-1 over Brighton. Here are the best stats from the recent round.
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace – Abraham and the Blues register lovely feats
It was another win for Chelsea on Saturday, with the Blues beating Palace 2-0 in Saturday’s early kick-off. Tammy Abraham broke the deadlock for the Blues, becoming the second-youngest Chelsea player to reach 10+ goals in the Premier League.
It was also the sixth consecutive win in the Premier League for the London giants, a first since winning the title in 2016/17.
Leicester 2-0 Arsenal – Emery’s first 50 games compared to Wenger’s
Things aren’t going well for Emery right now. The Gunners are winless in their last five games in all competitions and have won only twice in their last 10 Premier League games. As a result, one statistic has been doing the rounds as of late and that is a comparison between the Spaniard’s first 50 games and Wenger’s last 50. It doesn’t make for a good read for Unai.
Unai Emery's first 50 Premier League games - 87 points.— Goal (@goal) November 10, 2019
Arsene Wenger's last 50 Premier League games - 88 points.
Arsenal's win percentage is now at 33% - it's lowest level in the Premier League other than George Graham in 1994-95 - we finished 12th that season— Orbinho (@Orbinho) November 10, 2019
47% Wenger 1996-97
45% Rioch 1995-96
43% Graham 1993-94
36% Houston 1994-95
36% Graham 1992-93
33% Emery 2019-20
29% Graham 1994-95
Liverpool 3-1 Man City – All the key numbers from Sunday’s Anfield showdown
It was a thrilling and controversial game. VAR dominated the conversation but there were several eye-catching figures to emerge from this tie. One relates to how Man City are struggling early on in the season. The club’s tally of 25 points after 12 games in the lowest by any team managed by Guardiola.
25 - Man City have won 25 points from 12 Premier League games this season - the lowest ever total by a Pep Guardiola side at this stage of a top-flight campaign. Slip. #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/d5QpYKkz6y— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 10, 2019
Furthermore, Guardiola’s men have dropped 11 points so far this season. To put this into perspective, they dropped 16 points in total throughout the entire 2018/19 Premier League season. Pep has also picked up his fourth defeat an Anfield, his worst record at any stadium.
Points dropped by Man City in last 3 PL seasons— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 10, 2019
2019-20 (after 12 games) pic.twitter.com/pxf2GfeaMk
As for Liverpool, they remain unbeaten and boast an eight-point lead at the top. Furthermore, they have equaled the record for most points after 12 games (34) which was set by Guardiola’s record-breaking Man City side in 2017/18 and Mancini’s 2011/12 crew.